Threatened Ecosystems

Protect and restore threatened ecosystems in Latah County and the Palouse region on a scale that supports the self-sustaining function of these ecosystems.

The conversion of land in Latah County from native bunchgrass prairie and timbered slopes to harvested forestland and agricultural fields began in the late 1800’s.  Today less than six percent of the original native prairie remains and commercial stand management has largely replaced the natural processes that once shaped forestlands. 

 

Within the Threatened Ecosystems resource of community concern, Latah SWCD efforts will focus on the following five ecosystem types and limiting factors:

Camas Meadows

Lowered Water Tables

Land Conversion

Invasive Plants

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Ponderosa Pine

Altered Fire Regimes

Disease and Insects

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Restoration and Preservation

Land Conversion

Pollinator habitat

Invasive Plants

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Wetlands

Lowered Water Tables

Land Conversion

Invasive Plants

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Canyon Grasslands

Livestock Grazing

Invasive Plants

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Threatened Ecosystems Projects

LATAH SWCD is working on many types of projects that improve threatened ecosystems.

Meet Maynard Fosberg

Latah SWCD is happy to be working with Maynard, a retired soils professor who worked at the University of Idaho for 41 years.  Maynard is now working as a Palouse Prairie restoration pioneer which has helped us all learn more about prairie restoration techniques and methods.  He is restoring a former pasture of 5 acres to native Palouse Prairie vegetation.  The pasture that was once dominated by smooth brome now supports a diverse stand of native grasses and wildflowers which makes it a haven for pollinators and other wildlife.  Read more here

Palouse Prairie Project

Working with landowners to restore rare and endangered prairie

Monarch Butterfly Project

Working with land owners to increase habitat for native pollinator species

Riparian Restoration

Restoring our decreasing wetlands to stabilize base flow conditions

Spalding's Catchfly

Working on restoring habitat for this threatened species